Paramount Snags Rights to Graphic Novel 'Last Man Standing'

August 12, 2010
Source: Deadline

Last Man Standing

Since returning from my first Comic-Con, there have been a couple of instances in my scouring the web for recaps of the happenings at the convention that I've kicked myself for missing out on picking up something kick-ass that a fellow colleague stumbled upon. Yet another item has manifested itself in the form of a sci-fi graphic novel called Last Man Standing which Deadline reports has just been purchased by Paramount with the intention of turning this into a franchise. The story, which takes place 600 years in the future of an alternate universe, follows an invincible soldier named Gabriel created to help win Earth's war against Mars.

After Gabriel has given Earth a victory he finds himself being praised as a hero and becomes a celebrity of sorts. But then things take a turn for the worse when Gabriel is framed for a heinous crime by a man named Dante ad his terrorist organization known as Pendemonium. Gabriel is then sentenced to nine years in the Level-9 Facility, the most godawful prison in existence. Things really get heavy once Gabriel breaks out and twists and turns manifest themselves as the story unravels. This sounds cool as hell! Apparently the graphic novel isn't kicking off in a conventional way though. Creator and artist Daniel LuVisi told Geek Chic Daily:

“As for the entire series, it's a story of mine I've been crafting over the past two and a half years. I want it to be a graphic novel series, but start it in a non-traditional type way. Where most comics start off with a first issue, this starts off with a 230-page bible of a book, 'Killbook of a Bounty Hunter,' that sets up the entire universe of the [Last Man Standing] world. But not only that, the audience gets an incredibly deep perspective on the protagonist, Gabriel, and what his plans are now that he's escaped from Level-9.”

If you're now as interested as I am in this property, you can pre-order the Killbook of a Bounty Hunter here. The graphic novel is expected to ship either later this month or in early September. In the meantime you can check out a preview of the novel right here, and read the rest of Geek Chic Daily's interview with Lu Visi at their website. If Hollywood deals like this are teaching us anything, it's that any high concept potential film property should go the route of a comic book or graphic novel, promote itself like crazy at Comic-Con, and wait for the offers to start rolling in. Of course, the book needs to actually be good. What do you think?

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  • Candy Castle
    Cool project, but Paramount is making very bad director choices (Dune = Pierre Morel) lately.
  • ray
    sounds pretty darn interesting if u ask me....not that you did, just saying :)
  • Xerxex
    awesome, can't wait to see what they do with it.
  • Janny
    bruce willis is set to star
  • Spider94
    i can see jason statham in this,maybe with mark wahlberg too
  • nelson
  • McWilly
    Scott Aversano is going to produce with Daniel LuVisi, who created Last Man Standing: Killbook of a Bounty Hunter. It is going to be released in graphic novel form and online as well. "Gabriel was "created by a weapons organization to be part of its army of Paladins, 'a soldier with the talent of 500 soldiers.'", Gabriel breaks out and goes into the world of New Amerika. It is filled with, among other things, genetically enhanced shark-men, ninjas and burlesque girls. Gabriel's goal is to find out why he was set-up y a terrorist organization." Sounds cool and the concept Artwork I found online is pretty bad ass!
  • Dandoo
    sounds amazing, and after seeing the photos, he looks like a much younger Bruce Willis, I could see Tom Hardy, but then i can see him almost any of the new comic book/graphic novel films that are coming out over the next few years. cant wait to read the book, its a great idea and i hope it works out.
  • Astroboy3000
  • Darren
    lol yes Astroboy.. Definitely Kurt Russell. in all seriousness Tom Hardy would be GREAT
  • Chris Q.
    So excited for this. I've been following the creation of the book since the very beginning and the creator Dan Luvisi is an amazing artist. I really hope that the movie doesn't get ruined by Hollywood, but I know Dan wouldn't let that happen. Also, there's a crazy amount of characters so I don't know they will make it work out, but I think Bradley Cooper would be perfect for the role of Gabriel.
  • Adrian C.
    Jon Hamm.
  • Kenny
    Chris Pine perhaps?...
  • Sephret
    Sounds a bit like The Count of Monte Cristo to me. Which is fine by me - that story is badass
  • Cracky
    Tom Hardy. Let's get it.
  • Juras
    Wow, sounds awesome. Can't wait!
  • Astroboy3000
    no, in all seriousness Kurt Vogel Russell !
  • Xerxex
    nice suggestions, Pine would be awesome, Urban would be awesome, Hardy would be awesome, and Cooper would be awesome. How much do you want to be that neither of those will be selected? Timothy Olyphant would be a good pick IMO.
  • harrison
    this sounds pretty interesting for sure, i might just have to pick up the book. and 230 pages isnt really much, unless its in graphic novel form but it doesnt sound that way, but then again with the extremely short attention spans of the kids these days it might be asking a bit much for them to read it.. ryan reynolds anyone?
  • Xerxex
    @harrison he's already involved in a lot of projects right now, and some are getting tired of him.
  • Darren
    Xerxex - Timothy Olyphant did Hitman and didn't really do such a good job in my opinion. But on the lines of Timothy Olyphant would be Josh Duhammel.
  • Darren
    Andy Whitfiield would be good as well. He's already played the Angel Gabriel
  • Xerxex
    I could see Duhammel, the guy needs to add something else to his film credits, transformers cannot be the only thing people remember him for. Hitman failed due to a lack of caring on the directing and writing, Olyphant tried to save it, I just didn't see why they hired him instead of the guy 47 is modeled on.
  • deadpool72
    zack snyder should direct this,its got sucker punch style written all over it.
  • Lando
    Im always afraid of what they do to original comic stories...keeping fingers crossed




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